Meaning of Common Words Used in Questions ( part 1)


Meaning of Common Words Used in Questions




The way you answer a question depends largely on the 

terminology which the examiner uses in his wording of the 

question.  The following are the more common words and 

their meanings. 


1-Account for:    Give the reasons for 

2-Analyse: Write about the various aspects of 

3-Assess:  Weigh up the strength or value of 

4-Compare: Look for qualities or characteristics that 

resemble one another.  Emphasize similarities among them, 

but mention also differences. 

5-Contrast: Stress the dissimilarities, differences, or 

unlikeness of things, qualities, events, or problems. 

6-Criticise: Express your judgment about the merit or 

truth of the factors or views mentioned.  Give the results of 

your analysis of these factors, discussing their limitations 

and good points. 

7-Define: Give concise, clear, and authoritative meanings.  

Don't give details, but be sure to give the limits of the 

definition.  Show how the thing you are defining differs 

from things in other classes. 

8-Describe: Recount, characterise, sketch, or relate in 

sequence or    story form.   

9-Diagram: Give a drawing, chart, plan, or graphic 

answer.  Usually you should label a diagram. In some cases, 

add a brief explanation or description. 

10-Discuss: Examine, analyse carefully, and give reasons for

and against.  Be complete, and give details.


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Meaning of Common Words Used in Questions ( part 2)
 

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